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2010 News/Business. (2010) President Barack Obama addresses Congress and the nation. (CC) (Stereo)

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   Obama addresses Congress and the nation. (CC) (Stereo)  

    January 27, 2010
    9:00 - 11:00pm EST  

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. from nbc news, the state of the union address. live from washington, here is brian williams. >> good evening from capitol hill. it is the third time he has spoken to a joint session of congress, but it is the first time as president that barack obama has delivered the state of the union address. it is safe to say it is a different speech than the one he might have delivered a week or so ago before a republican won special election to the seat held by ted kennedy in massachusetts for almost half a century. outside of washington in america, the voters are angry and the president knows it. there is some fury over bailouts
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and big bankers and big bonuses and no jobs. tonight, at the end of his first year in office, he gets to sum up the job and look at the future. as you can see, the chamber is already filling as members of the cab a net and white house staff file in. the first lady, michelle obama, is greeting her guests in the first lady's box in the gallery. for our coverage, david gregory and andrea mitchell are in the studio. chuck todd across town in the nbc washington newsroom and kelly o'donnell, among others of our reporting staff, is in the well of the house and the chamber itself tonight. she'll be reporting from there. earlier today, the white house pretty much put on a full court press briefing small groups of journalists on their message thus far and their aims going into tonight. among the gatherings, lunch, several of us attended with the
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president. david gregory, moderator of "meet the press" was among the guests. david, how would you sum up what you heard today, his state of mind headed into the speech tonight? >> brian, my takeaway was that the president felt in some ways that washington has become a trap for him, as it does for a lot of presidents. he wants tonight to reconnect to the change agent he was on the campaign trail and begin to make the changes that he promised to make and also try to persuade americans who don't have a lot of faith in government now, who are losing confidence in his ability to solve problems that he can turn things around. and he's doing this with a huge overhang of 10% unemployment, as you mentioned. he's got a tall order. he'll be looking at the divided congress, a republican opposition that's unified and a public that is increasingly skeptical. >> a lot of people look at the presidency as a checkbook that
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you are handed upon election and you can draw down your balance of political capital if you do it right and if the times correspo correspond as you wish, some of it on your schedule. and i know the president is believed to have been lamenting lately about how much he had to use in the first year in office. part of it was handed to him -- the economic collapse which, of course, started under the last president but has been hung squarely around his neck. another part is the elective part of the presidency and that is the fight over health care that looms over this chamber tonight. >> there were things that he had to do coming into office and there were things that a he chose to do. in choosing to take on health care, he took on a lot. he knew how tough it would be. he told his advisers he knew it would drive down his poll numbers. that's come to pass and more. he missed deadlines this summer. it dragged on.
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now here we are, state of the union time and this is not done. it looks more precarious than ever, brian. there is no path the white house knows of now to get the bill passed. i think tonight he'll talk about the stakes and talk about pragmatic steps to draw in republicans who have been united in the opposition to health care all along. he's drawn down the political capital on health care and by his own admission, it will take some time to build that up. i think this is the beginning of the process. >> andrea, i was seeing the joint chiefs assembled in very good seats down front. the area of defense, homeland security is among those off limits to the spending cuts the president just announced. again, a new initiative to kind of counter and face an angry public, as we watch the door. >> this is the way the president is trying to reconnect with the american people with the angry
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public out there by displaying himself tonight as a fighter on behalf of middle class values, middle class americans, the hard-working, decent americans who keep on fighting and keep on despite all the adversity and he's going to portray himself as someone who is in their corner and cutting government spending. tonight he is campaigning as much against washington as someone on the outside looking in. he is saying that it's time, as we watch the doorway there and we see the president about to walk in. >> madame speaker --
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>> it's a matter of camera crews between the sergeant at arms and the gaze of the speaker of the house -- here we go. >> madame speaker, the president of the united states. [ cheers and applause ] >> the president and behind him trailing the leadership. majority leader reid in the senate. andrea, the pressure of things like health care -- of course, health care is controversial because the white house said, here you go, you can start this process, work it out. the burden comes back down to the capitol. >> it does and speaker pelosi today floated one avenue, a big stretch, but taking individual components, passing them in the senate first and then in the
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house by 51 votes. those that are fiscal measures can be done with the budget process they call reconciliation. they can't do any of the nontax orifice call measur-- or the fi measures that way. the white house wants to de-emphasize this year. it will be about jobs, jobs, jobs. jobs in the economy. there you see the first lady. all of the members who have positioned -- there's elliot engel from new york. >> state of new york. >> he told savannah guthrie and chuck todd this morning on msnbc at 8:00 this morning he put down the tape and marked that spot. sheila jackson lee behind him. they want to be on the aisle whether they love the president or not. even with george w. bush they wanted to be seen. >> a lot of exposure. kelly o'donnell has live broadcast capability down in the
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house chamber. kelly, describe what you can see from where you are as the president gives an embrace to his treasury secretary who walked right into a buzzsaw at a hearing today. >> yes. mr. geithner had a tough day, brian. the reception is chilly and i mean that in the literal sense. at noon today, they turned down the temperature in this chamber so much that there have been members using their coats like blankets in order to make this evening more comfortable when the room was full. as you saw those members so carefully positioned having staked out their spaces, many of them had been wrapped in blankets and coats to hold those spots. we know that joe wilson -- do you remember that name from the last time we were all together on a night like this -- he has a better seat than last time, but we have been told that he and all of the other members of the republican delegation were reminded to be courteous. joe wilson, the republican of south carolina who shouted out
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during the president's remarks back in the fall, we don't expect a repeat of that. also, one of the things that's really stood out, i spoke with a senior adviser who said that before the president walked in the room tonight -- and you noted the pause when you were describing the cameras waiting -- that they give mr. obama a moment of quiet. they step away from him so he can just take a moment before he enters this chamber to deliver what is an extraordinary speech in his career. >> white house staff members have been pointing out that as of tonight the same time in the reagan presidency, his popularity was several points below where this president enters the chamber tonight. the american people still give him high marks, up in the 60s, for his leadership skills. a lot of voters still content with the vote that they cast, but nonetheless, angry at certain aspects of management
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and especially the economy. they tell us unemployment is up 10%. anyone in america knows the actual number is so much higher when you factor in real life. copies of the speech being handed by the president back to the speaker of the house and the vice president. now we begin the next round of planned but spontaneous appla e applause. >> members of congress, i have the high privilege and honor of presenting to you the president of the united states. [ cheers and applause ] >> nothing like spontaneous applause. and, david, the president seems absolutely keenly aware of the press coverage and where he differs, where he wants to point out the realities. >> he's also not going to walk away from his agenda which is important.
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>> thank you very much. thank you. >> we'll be hearing a lot about that in the hour or so to come. [ applause ] >> thank you. thank you very much. thank you. [ applause ] >> thank you very much. thank you. madame speaker, vice president biden, members of congress, distinguished guests and fellow americans, our constitution declares that from time to time the presidential give to congress information about the state of our union. for 220 years, our leaders have fulfilled this duty. they have done so during periods of prosperity and tranquility and they have done so in the midst of war, in depression, at
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moments of great strife and great struggle. it's tempting to look back on these moments and assume that our progress was inevitable, that america was always destined to succeed. but when the union was turned back at bull run and the allies first landed at omaha beach, victory was very much in doubt. when the market crashed on black tuesday and civil rights marchers were beaten on bloody sunday, the future was anything but certain. these were the times that tested the courage of our convictions and the strength of our union. and despite our divisions and disagreements, our hesitations and our fears, america prevailed because we chose to move forward as one nation, as one people. again, we are tested.
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and, again, we must answer history's call. one year ago, i took office amid two wars, an economy rocked by a severe recession, a financial system on the verge of collapse and a government deeply in debt. experts from across the political spectrum warned that if we did not act, we might face a second depression. so we acted. immediately and aggressively. and one year later, the worst of the storm has passed. but the devastation remains. one in ten americans still cannot find work. many businesses have shuttered. home values have declined. small towns and rural communities have been hit especially hard. and for those who had already
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known poverty, life's become that much harder. this recession has also compounded the burden that america's families have been dealing with for decades -- the burden of working harder and longer for less, of being unable to save enough to retire or help kids with college. so i know the anxieties that are out there right now. they're not new. these struggles are the reason i ran for president. these struggles are what i've witnessed for years in places like elkhart, indiana, galesburg, illinois. i hear about them in the letters that i read each night. the toughest to read are those written by children asking why they have to move from their home, asking when their mom or dad will be able to go back to
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work. for these americans and so many others, change has not come fast enough. some are frustrated. some are angry. they don't understand why it seems like bad behavior on wall street is rewarded, but hard work on main street isn't. or why washington has been unable or unwilling to solve any of our problems. they're tired of the partisansh partisanship, the shouting and the pettiness. they know we can't afford it -- not now. so we face big and difficult challenges. and what the american people hope, what they deserve is for all of us -- democrats and republicans -- to work through our differences, to overcome the numbing weight of our politics. for while the people who sent us here from different backgrounds,
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different stories, different beliefs, the anxieties they face are the same. the aspirations they hold are shared. a job that pays the bills, a chance to get ahead. most of all, the ability to give their children a better life. and do you know what else they share? they share a stubborn resilience in the face of adversity. after one of the most difficult years in our history, they remain busy building cars and teaching kids, starting businesses and going back to school. they're coaching little league and helping their neighbors. one woman wrote to me and said, "we are strained but hopeful, struggling but encouraged." it's because of this spirit, this great decency and great strength that i have never been more hopeful about america's
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future than i am tonight. [ applause ] >> despite our hardships, our union is strong. we do not give up. we do not quit. we do not allow fear or division to break our spirit. in this new decade, it's time the american people get a government that matches their decency, that embodies their strength. [ applause ] >> tonight, i'd like to talk about how, together, we can
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deliver on that promise. it begins with our economy. our most urgent task upon taking office was to shore up the same banks that helped cause this crisis. it was not easy to do. if there's one thing that has unified democrats and republicans and everybody in between, it's that we all hated the bank bailout. [ applause ] >> i hated it. i hated it. you hated it. it was about as popular as a root canal. but when i ran for president, i promised i wouldn't just do what was popular. i would do what was necessary. and if we had allowed the meltdown of the financial
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system, unemployment might be double what it is today. more businesses would certainly have closed. more homes would have surely been lost. so i supported the last administration's efforts to create the financial rescue program. and when we took that program over, we made it more transparent and more accountable. and as a result, the markets are now stabilized and we have recovered most of the money we spent on the banks. [ applause ] >> most, but not all. to recover the rest, i propose the fee on the biggest banks. [ applause ] >> now, i know wall street isn't keen on this idea. but if these firms can afford to
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hand out big bonuses again, they can afford a modest fee to pay back the taxpayers who rescued them in their time of need. [ cheers and applause ] >> as we stabilized the financial system, we also took steps to get our economy growing again, save as many jobs as possible, and help americans who had become unemployed. that's why we extended or increased unemployment benefits for more than 18 million americans, made health insurance 65% cheaper for families who get their coverage through c.o.b.r.a. and passed 25 different tax cuts. now, let me repeat, we cut
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taxes. we cut taxes for 95% of working families. we cut taxes for small businesses. we cut taxes for first-time home buyers. we cut taxes for parents trying to care for their children. we cut taxes for eight million americans paying for college. [ applause ] >> i thought i'd get some applause on that one. [ applause ] >> as a result -- [ applause ] >> as a result, millions of americans had more to spend on gas and food and other necessities, all of which helped
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businesses keep more workers. and we haven't raised income taxes by a single dime on a single person -- not a single dime. [ applause ] >> because of the steps we took, there are about two million americans working right now who would otherwise be unemployed. [ applause ] >> 200,000 work in construction and clean energy. 300,000 are teachers and other education workers. tens of thousands are cops, firefighters, correctional officers, first responders. [ applause ] >> and we're on track to add another one and a half million jobs to this total by the end of the year. the plan that has made all of this possible from the tax cuts to the jobs is the recovery act.
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[ applause ] >> that's right. the recovery act. also known as the stimulus bill. [ applause ] >> economists on the left and the right say this bill has helped save jobs and avert disaster. but you don't have to take their word for it. talk to the small business in phoenix that will triple its work force because of the recovery act. talk to the window manufacturer in philadelphia who said he used to be skeptical about the recovery act until he had to add two more work shifts because of the business it created. talk to the single teacher raising two kids who was told by her principal in the last week of school that because of the recovery act she wouldn't be
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laid off after all. there are stories like this all across america. and after two years of recession, the economy is growing again. retirement funds have started to gain back some of their value. businesses are beginning to invest again. and slowly, some are starting to hire again. but i realize that for every success story, there are other stories of men and women who wake up with the anguish of not knowing where their next paycheck will come from, who send out resumés week after week and hear nothing in response. that is why jobs must be our number one focus in 2010 and that's why i'm calling for a new jobs bill tonight. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> now, the true engine of job creation in this country will always be america's businesses. [ applause ] >> but government can create the conditions necessary for businesses to expand and hire more workers. we should start where most new jobs do -- in small businesses, companies that begin when -- [ applause ] >> -- companies that begin when an entrepreneur takes the chance on a dream or a worker decides it's time she became her own
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boss. through sheer grit and determination these companies have weathered the recession and are ready to grow. when you talk to small business ownershipers ee eer -- owners out that though banks on wall street are lending again, they are mostly lending to bigger companies. financing remains difficult for small business owners across the country. even those that are making a profit. so tonight, i'm proposing that we take $30 billion of the money wall street banks have repaid and use it to help community banks give small businesses the credit they need to stay afloat. [ cheers and applause ] >> i'm also proposing a new
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small business tax credit, one that will go to over one million small businesses who hire new workers or raise wages. [ applause ] >> while we're at it, let's also eliminate all capital gains taxes on small business investment and provide a tax incentive for all larger businesses and all small businesses to invest in uh nnew plants and equipment. [ applause ] >> next, we can put americans to work today building the infrastructure of tomorrow. [ applause ] >> from the first railroads to the interstate highway system, our nation has always been built to compete. there is no reason europe or
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china should have the fastest trains or the new factories that manufacturer clean energy products. tomorrow, i'll visit tampa, florida, where workers will soon break ground on a new high speed railroad funded by the recovery act. there are projects like that all across this country that will create jobs and help move our nation's goods, services and information. [ applause ] >> we should put more americans to work building clean energy facilities and give -- [ applause ] >> -- and give rebates to americans who make their homes more energy efficients, which supports clean energy jobs. and to encourage these and other businesses to stay within our borders, it is time to finally slash the tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas and give those tax breaks to companies that create
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jobs right here in the united states of america. [ applause ] >> now, the house has passed a jobs bill that includes some of these steps. [ cheers ] >> as the first order of business this year, i urge the senate to do the same, and i know they will. [ cheers ] >> they will. people are out of work. they're hurting. they need our help. i want a jobs bill on my desk without delay. [ applause ] >> but the truth is these steps
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won't make up for the seven million jobs that we have lost over the last two years. the only way to move to full employment is to lay a new foundation for long-term economic growth and finally address the problems that america's families have confronted for years. we can't afford another so-called economic expansion like the one from the last decade. what some call the lost decade, where jobs grew more slowly than during any prior expansion, where the income of the average american household declined while the cost of health care and tuition reached record highs, where prosperity was built on a housing bubble and financial speculation. from the day i took office, i have been told that addressing our larger challenges is too ambitious. such an effort would be too
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contentious. i have been told our political system is too gridlocked and that we should just put things on hold for a while. to those who make these claims, i have one simple question -- how long should we wait? how long should america put its future on hold? you see -- [ applause ] >> you see, washington has been telling us to wait for decades, even as the problems have grown worse. meanwhile, china's not waiting to revamp its economy. germany's not waiting. india's not waiting. these nations -- they're not standing still. these nations aren't playing for second place. they're putting more emphasis on math and science. they're rebuilding their infrastructure. they're making serious investments in clean energy because they want those jobs.
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well, i do not accept second place for the united states of america. [ cheers and applause ] >> as hard as it may be, as uncomfortable and contentious as the debates may become, it's time to get serious about fixing the problems that are hampering our growth. now one place to start is serious financial reform. look, i am not interested in punishing banks. i'm interested in protecting our
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economy. a strong, healthy financial market makes it possible for businesses to access credit and create new jobs. it channels the savings of families into investments that raise incomes, but that can only happen if we guard against the same recklessness that nearly brought down our entire economy. we need to make sure consumers and middle class families have the information they need to make financial decisions. [ applause ] >> we can't allow financial institutions, including those that take your deposits to take risks that threaten the whole economy. now, the house has already passed financial reform with many of these changes, and the lobbyists are trying to kill it. well, we cannot let them win this fight. if the bill that ends up on my desk does not meet the test of real reform, i will send it back until we get it right.
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we've got to get it right. [ cheers and applause ] >> next, we need to encourage american innovation. last year, we made the largest investment in basic research funding in history. [ applause ] >> an investment that could lead to the world's cheapest solar cells or treatment that kills cancer cells but leaves healthy ones untouched. and no area is more rife for such innovation than energy. you can see the results of last year's investments in clean energy in the north carolina company that will create 1,200 jobs nationwide helping to make advanced batteries, or in the california business that will put 1,000 people to work making
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solar panels. but to create more of these clean energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives. and that means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country. [ cheers and applause ] >> it means making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development. [ applause ] >> it means continued investment in biofuels and clean coal technologies. [ applause ]
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>> and, yes, it means passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill with incentives that will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in america. [ applause ] >> i'm grateful to the house for passing such a bill last year. and this year i'm eager to help advance the bipartisan effort in the senate. [ applause ] >> i know there have been questions about whether we can afford such changes in a tough economy. i know that there are those who disagree with the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change. but here's the thing -- even if you doubt the evidence, providing incentives for energy
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efficiency and clean energy are the right thing to do for our future because the nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy and america must be that nation. [ cheers and applause ] >> third, we need to export more of our goods. [ applause ] >> because the more products we make and sell to other countries, the more jobs we support right here in america. [ applause ] >> so tonight we set a new goal. we will double our exports over the next five years, an increase that will support two million jobs in america. [ applause ]
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>> to help meet this goal, we're launching a national export initiative that will help farmers and small businesses increase their exports and reform export controls consistent with national security. we have to seek new markets aggressively, just as our competitors are. if america sits on the sidelines while other nations sign trade deals, we will lose the chance to create jobs on our shores. [ cheers and applause ] >> but realizing those benefits
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also means enforcing those agreements so our trading partners play by the rules. [ applause ] >> and that's why we'll continue to shape the trade agreement that opens global markets and why we will strengthen trade agreements in asia with key markets like south america, panama and columbia. fourth, we need to invest in the skills and education of our people. now this year, we have broken through the stalemate between left and right by launching a national competition to improve our schools. and the idea here is simple. instead of rewarding failure, we only reward success.
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instead of funding the status quo, we only invest in reform -- reform that raises student achievement, inspires students to excel in math and science, and turns around failing schools that steal the future of too many young americans, from rural communities to the inner cities. in the 21st century, the best anti-poverty program around is a world class education. [ applause ] >> and in this country, the success of our children cannot depend more on where they live than on their potential. when we renew the elementary and secondary education act, we will work with congress to expand these reforms to all 50 states. still, in this economy, the high
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school diploma no longer guarantees a good job. that's why i urge the senate to follow the house and pass a bill that will revitalize our community colleges which are a career pathway to the children of so many working families. [ applause ] >> to make college more affordable, this bill will finally end the unwarranted taxpayer subsidies that go to banks for student loans. instead, let's take that money and give families a $10,000 tax credit for four years of college and increase pell grants. [ applause ] >> and let's tell another one million students that when they
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graduate, they will be required to pay only 10% of their income on student loans and all of their debt will be forgiven after 20 years and forgiven after ten years if they choose a career in public service. in america, no one should go broke because they chose to go to college. [ applause ] >> and by the way, it's time for colleges and universities to get serious about cutting their own costs because they, too, have a responsibility to help solve this problem. now, the price of college tuition is just one of the burdens facing the middle class. that's why last year i asked vice president biden to chair a task force on middle class families. that's why we are nearly doubling the child care tax credit and making it easier to save for retirement by giving access to every worker a
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retirement account and expanding the tax credit for those who start a nest egg. that's why we are working to lift the value of a family's single largest investment -- their home. the steps we took last year to shore up the housing market have allowed millions of americans to take out new loans and save an average of $1,500 on mortgage payments. this year, we will step up refinancing so homeowners can move into more affordable mortgages. [ applause ] >> and it is precisely to relieve the burden on middle class families that we still need health insurance reform. [ applause ]
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>> now, let's clear a few things up. [ applause ] >> i didn't choose to tackle this issue to get some legislative victory under my belt. and by now it should be fairly obvious that i didn't take on health care because it was good politics. [ laughter ] >> i took on health care because of the stories i have heard from americans with pre-existing conditions whose lives depend on getting coverage. patients who have been denied coverage, families -- even those with insurance -- who are just one illness away from financial ruin. after nearly a century of trying, democratic administrations, republican administrations, we are closer than ever to bringing more
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security to the lives of so many americans. the approach we have taken would protect every american from the worst practices of the insurance industry. it would give small businesses and uninsured americans a chance to choose an affordable health care plan in a competitive market. it would require every insurance plan to cover preventative care. and by the way, i want to acknowledge our first lady, michelle obama who is creating a movement to tackle childhood obesity and make kids health they are. thank you. [ applause ] >> she gets embarrassed.
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[ laughter ] >> our approach would preserve the rights of americans who have insurance to keep their doctor in their plan. it would reduce costs and premiums for millions of families and businesses. and according to the congressional budget office, the independent organization that both parties have citeded as the official scorekeeper for congress, our approach would bring down the deficit by as much as $1 trillion over the next two decades. [ applause ] >> still, this is a complex issue. and the longer it was debated, the more skeptical people became. i take my share of the blame for not explaining it more clearly to the american people. and i know that with all of the l
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lobying and horse trading it left most americans wondering "what's in it for me"? and i also know this problem is not going away. by the time i'm finished speaking tonight, more americans will have lost their health insurance. millions will lose it this year. our deficit will grow. premiums will go up. patients will be denied the care they need. small business owners will continue to drop coverage all together. i will not walk away from these americans and neither should the people in this chamber. [ cheers and applause ] >> so as temperatures cool, i want everyone to take another look at the plan we have
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proposed. there is a reason why many doctors, nurses and health care experts who know our system best consider this approach a vast improvement over the status quo. but if anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen medicare for seniors and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. [ applause ] >> let me know. i'm eager to see it. here's what i ask congress though. don't walk away from reform. not now. not when we are so close. let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the american people. [ applause ] >> let's get it done.
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let's get it done. [ applause ] >> now, even as health care reform would reduce our deficit, it's not enough to dig us out of a massive fiscal hole in which we find ourselves. it's a challenge that makes all others that much harder to solve, and one that's been subject to a lot of political posturing. so let me start the discussion of government spending by setting the record straight. at the beginning of the last decade, the year 2000, america had a budget surplus of over $200 billion. [ applause ] >> by the time i took office, we had a one-year deficit of over
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$1 trillion and projected deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. most of this was the result of not paying for two wars, two tax cuts and an expensive prescription drug program. on top of that, the effects of the recession put a $3 trillion hole in our budget. all this was before i walked in the door. [ applause ] >> now -- just stating the facts. now if we had taken office in ordinary times, i would have liked nothing more than to start bringing down the deficit. but we took office amid a crisis. and our evidents to prevent a
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second -- evidents to prevent a second depression has added to the debt. that's a fact. i'm convinced that was the right thing to do. but families across the country are tightening their belts and making tough decisions. the federal government should do the same. [ applause ] >> so tonight, i'm proposing specific steps to pay for the trillion dollars that it took to rescue the economy last year. starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years. spending related to our national security, medicare, medicaid and
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social security will not be affected. but all other discretionary government programs will. like any cash-strapped family, we will work within a budget to invest in what we need and sacrifice what we don't. and if i have to enforce this discipline by veto, i will. [ applause ] >> we will continue to go through the budget line by line, page by page, to eliminate programs that we continue afford and don't work. we have already identified $20 billion in savings for next year. to help working families, we'll extend our middle class tax cuts. but at a time of record deficits, we will not continue tax cuts for oil companies, for investment fund managers, and
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for those making over $250,000 a year. we just can't afford it. [ applause ] >> now, even after paying for what we spent on my watch, we'll still face the massive deficit we had when i took office. more importantly, the cost of medicare, medicaid and social security will continue to skyrocket. that's why i have called for a bipartisan fiscal commission modeled on a proposal by republican judd greg and democrat craig conrad. [ applause ] >> this can't be one of those washington gimmicks that lets us pretend we solve a problem. the commission will have to provide a specific set of solutions by a certain deadline. now yesterday the senate blocked a bill that would have created this commission. so i will issue an executive order that will allow us to go forward because i refuse to pass
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this problem onto another generation of americans. [ cheers and applause ] >> and when the vote comes tomorrow the senate should restore the pay as you go law which was a big reason for record surpluses in the 1990s. [ applause ] >> now, i know that some in my own party will argue that we can't address the deficit or freeze government spending when so many are still hurting. and i agree, which is why this freeze won't take effect until next year when the economy is stronger. that's how budgeting works.
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[ laughter ] [ applause ] >> but understand -- understand, if we don't take meaningful steps to rein in debt, it could damage the markets and jeopardize recovery which would have a worse effect on the job growth and family incomes. from some on the right, i expect we'll hear a different argument. that if we make fewer investments in people, extend tax cuts, including those for wealthier americans, eliminate more regulations, maintain the status quo on health care, our deficits will go away. the problem is that's what we did for eight years. [ applause ] >> that's what helped us into
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this crisis. that's what helped lead to these deficits. we can't do it again. rather than fight the same tired battles that have dominated washington for decades, it's time to try something new. let's invest in our people without leaving them a mountain of debt. let's meet our responsibility to the citizens who sent us here. let's try common sense. a novel concept. now, to do that we have to recognize that we face more than a deficit of dollars right now. we face a deficit of trust. deep and corrosive doubts about how washington works that have been growing for years. to close that credibility gap, we have to take action on both ends of pennsylvania avenue to end the outsized influence of lobbyists, to do our work openly, to give our people the government they deserve.
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[ applause ] >> that's what i came to washington to do. that's why for the first time in history my administration posts on our white house visitors online. that's why we have excluded lobbyists from policy-making jobs or seats on federal boards or commissions. but we can't stop there. it's time to require lobbyists to disclose each contact they make on behalf of a client with my administration or with congress. it's time to put strict limits on the contributions that lobbyists give to candidates for federal office. with all due deference to separation of powers, last week the supreme court reversed a century of law that i believe will open the floodgates for special interests, including
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foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections. [ applause ] >> i don't think american elections should be bankrolled by america's most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. they should be decided by the american people. and i urge democrats and republicans to pass a bill that helps correct some of these problems. i'm also calling on congress to continue down the path of earmark reform. democrats and republicans -- [ applause ] >> democrats and republicans -- you have trimmed some of the
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spending. you have embraced some meaningful change, but restoring the public trust demands more. for example, some members of congress post some earmark requests online. tonight, i'm calling on congress to publish all earmark requests on a single website before there is a vote so that the american people can see how their money is being spent. [ applause ] >> of course, none of these reforms will even happen if we don't also reform how we work with one another. now, i'm not naive. i never thought that the mere fact of my election would usher in peace and harmony and some post partisan era. i knew that both parties have
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divisions that are deeply entrenched and on some issues there are philosophical differences that will cause us to part ways. the role of government in our lives, our national priorities and our national security, they have been taking place for over 200 years. they are the essence of our democracy. but what frustrates the american people is a washington where every day is election day. we can't wage a perpetual campaign where the only goal is to see who can get the most embarrassing headlines about the other side. a belief that if you lose, i win. neither party should delay or obstruct every single bill just because they can. [ applause ] >> the confirmation of -- [ applause ] >> i'm speaking to both parties now. the confirmation of well
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qualified public servants shouldn't be held hostage to the pet projects or grudges of a few individual senators. [ applause ] >> washington may think saying anything about the other side -- no matter how false, no matter how malicious -- is just part of the game. but it's precisely such politics that has stopped either party from helping the american people. worse yet, it's sowing further division among our citizens, further distrust in our government. so, no, i will not give up on trying to change the tone of our politics. i know it's an election year. and after last week, it's clear that campaign fever has come even earlier than usual, but we
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still need to govern. to democrats, i would remind you that we still have the largest majority in decades and the people expect us to solve problems, not run for the hills. [ applause ] >> and if the republican leadership is going to insist that 60 votes in the senate are required to do any business at all in this town, a supermajority, then the responsibility to govern is now yours as well. just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it's not leadership. [ applause ] >> we were sent here to serve our citizens, not our ambitions. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> so let's show the american people that we can do it together. [ applause ] >> this week, i will be addressing a meeting of the house of republicans. i would like to begin monthly meetings with both democratic and republican leadership. i know you can't wait. [ laughter ] >> throughout our history, no issue has united this country more than our security. sadly, some of the unity we felt after 9/11 has dissipated. we can argue all we want about who's to blame for this, but i'm not interested in relitigating the past. i know that all of us love this country. all of us are committed to its
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defense. so let's put aside the schoolyard taunts about who's tough. that's the false choice between protecting the people and upholding our values. let's leave behind the fear and division and do what it takes to defend our nation and forge a more hopeful future for america and for the world. [ applause ] >> that's the work we began last year. since the day i took office, we renewed our focus on the terrorists who threatened our nation. we made substantial investments in our homeland security and disrupted plots that threatened to take american lives. we are filling unacceptable gaps revealed by the failed christmas
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attack with better airline security and swifter action on our intelligence. we have prohibited torture and strengthened partnerships from the pacific to south asia to the arabian peninsula. in the last year, hundreds of al qaeda fighters and affiliates including many senior leaders have been captured or killed, far more than in 2008. in afghanistan, we are increasing our troops and training afghan security forces so they can begin to take the lead in july of 2011 and our troops can begin to come home. [ applause ] >> we will reward good governance, work to reduce corruption and support the rights of all afghans -- men and women alike. [ applause ] >> we're joined by allies and partners who have increased their own commitments and who
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will come together tomorrow in london to reaffirm our common purpose. there will be difficult days ahead, but i am absolutely confident we will succeed. as we take the fight to al qaeda, we are leaving iraq to its people. as a candidate, i promised that i would end this war and that is what i am doing as president. we will have all of our combat troops out of iraq by the end of this august. [ applause ] >> we will support -- [ applause ] >> we will support the iraqi government as they hold elections and we will continue to partner with the iraqi people to promote regional peace and prosperity. but make no mistake, this war is ending and all of our troops are coming home. [ applause ]
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>> tonight, all of our men and women in uniform -- in iraq, in afghanistan and around the world -- they have to know that they have our respect, our gratitude, our full support. and just as they must have the resources they need in war, we all have a responsibility to support them when they come home. [ cheers and applause ] >> that's why we made the
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largest increase in investments for veterans in decades. [ applause ] >> last year. that's why we are building a 21st century v.a. and that's why michelle joined with jill biden to forge a national commitment to support military families. [ applause ] >> even as we prosecute two wars, we are also confronting perhaps the greatest danger to the american people -- the threat of nuclear weapons. i have embraced the vision of john f. kennedy and ronald reagan to a strategy that reverses the spread of these weapons and seeks a world
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without them, to reduce our stock piles and launchers while ensuring our deterrent. the united states and russia are completing negotiations on the farthest reaching arms control treaty in nearly two decades. [ applause ] >> in april's nuclear security summit, we will bring 44 nations together here in washington, d.c. behind a clear goal -- securing all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world in four years so they never fall into the hands of terrorists. [ applause ] >> these diplomatic efforts have strengthened our hand in dealing with those nations that insist on violating international agreements in pursuit of nuclear weapons. that's why north korea now faces
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increased isolation and sanctions that are being vigorously enforced. that's why the international community is more united and the islamic republic of iran is more isolated. as iran's leaders continue to ignore their obligations, there should be no doubt. they, too, will face growing consequences. that is a promise. [ applause ] >> that's the leadership we are providing -- engagement that advances the common security of all people. we're working through the g-20 to sustain a lasting global recovery. we're working with muslim communities around the world to promote science, education and innovation. we have gone from a bystander to a leader in the fight against climate change. we are helping developing countries to feed themselves in
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continuing the fight against hiv/aids. and we are launching a new initiative that will give us the capacity to respond faster and more effectively to bioterrorism or infectious disease, a plan that will counter threats at home and strengthen public health abroad. as we have for over 60 years, america takes these actions because our destiny is connected to those beyond our shores, but we also do it because it is right. that's why as we meet here tonight over 10,000 americans are working with many nations to help the people of haiti recover and rebuild. [ applause ] >> that's why we stand with the
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girl who yearns to go to school in afghanistan, why we support the human rights of the women marching through the streets of iran, why we advocate for the young man denied a job by corruption in guinea. for america must always stand on the side of freedom and human dignity. [ applause ] >> always. [ applause ] >> abroad, america's greatest source of strength has always been our ideals. the same is true at home. we find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise enshrined in our constitution. the notion that we're all created equal, that no matter who you are or what you look like, if you abide by the law, you should be protected by it.
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if you adhere to our common values, you should be treated no different than anyone else. we must continually renew this promise. my administration has a civil rights division that is once again prosecuting civil rights violations and employment discrimination. [ applause ] >> we finally strengthened our laws to protect against crimes driven by hate. [ applause ] >> this year, i will work with congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. it's the right thing to do. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> we're going to crack down on violations of equal pay laws so women get equal pay for an equal day's work. >> and we should the work of fixing our broken immigration system to secure our borders and enforce our laws and ensure that everyone who plays by the rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nation. [ applause ] >> in the end, it's our ideals, our values that built america. values that allowed us to forge a nation made up of immigrants from every corner of the globe. values that drive our citizens
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still. every day americans meet their responsibilities to their families and their employers. time and again, they lend a hand to their neighbors and give back to their country. they take pride in their labor and are generous in spirit. these aren't republican values or democratic values that they are living by, business values or labor values. they're american values. unfortunately, too many of our citizens have lost faith that our biggest institutions, our corporations, our media and, yes, our government still reflect these same values. each of these institutions are full of honorable men and women doing important work that helps our country prosper. but each time a ceo rewards
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himself for failure or a banker puts the rest of us at risk for his own selfish game, people's doubts grow. each time lobbyists gain the system or politicians tear each other down instead of lifting this country up, we lose faith. the more that tv pundits reduce serious debates to silly arguments, big issues into sound bites, our citizens turn away. no wonder there's so much cynicism out there. no wonder there is so much disappointment. i campaigned on the promise of change -- change we can believe in, the slogan went. right now, i know there are many americans who aren't sure if they still believe we can change or that i can deliver it. but remember this -- i never suggested the change would be
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easy or that i could do it alone. democracy in a nation of 300 million people can be noisy and messy and complicated. and when you try to do big things and make big changes it stirs passions and controversy. that's just how it is. those of us in public office can respond to this reality by playing it safe and avoid telling hard truths and pointing fingers. we can do what's necessary to keep our poll numbers high and get through the next election instead of doing what's best for the next generation. but i also know this -- if people had made that decision 50 years ago or 100 years ago or 200 years ago, we wouldn't be here tonight. the only reason we are here is
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because generations of americans were unafraid to do what was hard, to do what was needed, even when success was uncertain, to do what it took to keep the dream of this nation alive for their children and their grandchildren. our administration has had some political set-backs this year and some of them were deserved. but i wake up every day knowing that they are nothing compared to the setbacks that families all across this country have faced this year. and what keeps me going, what keeps me fighting is that  despite all these setbacks, that spirit of determination and optimism, that fundamental decency that has always been at the core of the american people,
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that lives on. it lives on in the struggling small business owner who wrote to me of his company. none of us, he said, are willing to consider even slightly that we might fail. it lives on in the woman who said that even though she and her neighbors have felt the pain of recession, we are strong, we are resilient, we are american. it lives on in the 8-year-old boy in louisiana who just sent me his allowance and asked if i would give it to the people of haiti. and it lives on in all the americans who have dropped everything to go someplace they have never been and pull people they have never known from the rubble, prompting chants of
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"usa, usa, usa" when another life was saved. the spirit that has sustained this nation for more than two centuries lives on in you. its people. we have finished a difficult year. we have come through a difficult decade. but a new year has come. a new decade stretches before us. we don't quit. i don't quit. [ applause ] >> let's seize this moment to start anew to carry the dream forward and to strengthen our union once more. thank you. god bless you. and god bless the united states of america. [ cheers and applause ] >> the president brought the chamber to silence at the end there, the last few paragraphs before coming to a rousing end and the president and his party will prepare to leave the chamber.
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polite response here at the end, again, as is traditional. you saw it break down party lines. i want to go inside the chamber first to kelly o'donnell because, kelly, between all of us on this on-air team, i reckon we have covered cumulatively about a hundred of these and it was more boisterous inside that chamber at times, almost sarcastic the amount of comments and catcalls after various points the president made. i'm wondering how striking it was to you in your position there. >> well, brian, i was struck by both of what you're describing and also times where you might have expected a reaction and the president did not get one. what seemed to stand out here is the sort of boisterousness you're referring to was the type that was diffuse. you could not hear specific words. i never heard "boo" uttered. there were laughs that may have been interpreted as sarcastic and moments when the president certainly seemed prepared
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tonight to take on someone in the audience should they raise their voices above the din. as you could see, he ad libbed a few times when he got a reaction he didn't expect. there was enormous enthusiasm among house democrats who seemed particularly free to jump out of their seats with a bit more enthusiasm. i noticed among republicans -- and i watched very carefully -- that they would whisper to each other but there was not as much standing up. there appeared to be no prepared pieces of literature passed among them. the last time we were here they did have talking points they were holding. that did not seem to be the case. i saw far fewer blackberrys. it didn't not seem people were twittering during this event. we have seen that in past times. so i think there were moments when the president expected a lot of reaction, maybe did not get it. it took, i think, three pages of text before there were applause and i think there was a sense, certainly among republicans, that if there was to be a
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reaction that it be of a diffuse nature and not anything that could be detected as a specific word or phrase uttered directly at the president. brian? >> kelly o'donnell on the floor of the house chamber. at times here in the studio we were saying it sounded more like question time in great britain, david gregory, than it does a traditional state of the union. and it really was, as speeches go, a long journey. it was at times combative and very direct. >> it was. for a president who's fought off this image of being wonkish and disconnected emotionally, he had a couple of flashes of sarcasm, humor, passion at times, some anger and irritation when he looked to his republican colleagues and said, that's how budgeting works, that you don't implement it until the following year. i think it was interesting, brian, substantively you saw a president who was taking a more pragmatic approach to the
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republican side saying, let's do some things that you can support at the same time calling out republicans to say, if you want to make it that a supermajority is the only way to get legislation passed then you're on the hook here, too. you are responsible for legislating. it's the foundation of an argument i think you will hear democrats make as the year goes on which is to say you can't simply oppose and get away with it. >> chuck todd has been watching along with us. chuck, match delivery against expectations at the white house. as we know the speech was altered in light of voter anger as respected from the election in massachusetts. >> he spent more time talking about the angst about washington not working, his own frustration about the political process, even singling out the media as well for how they treat sometimes policy debates.
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frankly, they arerustrations you and i have heard the president make privately. he aired them publically here about the process. it felt reactive to what our polls show is an angry electorate -- and anxious. i was struck by the speech was aimed clearly at the middle of the country, the independents. he threw a lot out there to republicans, a lot of pet issues whether it was building nuclear power plants or talking about offshore oil drilling. a lot there that republicans should be able to support individually. it will be interesting to see if congressional republicans do. you almost wonder, picking up on david's point, if this is a dare. the white house is almost daring republicans to go against them on some things. >> chuck todd with analysis immediately following this speech. we're going to start the run-up to the gop response. we're going to fit in a commercial break here. when we come back, a little more about the man we'll be hearing
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we are back here on capitol hill in washington. before we go to the gop response, one word of caution for the party giving the response it's always a dicey job. they have been known to kill as many careers as they have boosted. tonight we're going to hear from the newly minted governor of the commonwealth of virginia, bob mcdonnell. grew up an air force brat, retired as a colonel. 55 years old, notre dame grad. a successful business career
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and, as we said, he's been on the job for all of 11 days. andrea mitchell, what are the predictable strike-back points for the gop tonight having heard that speech? >> they will talk about big government. bob mcdonnell will try to blame the president and his party for health care and for mistakes that the president acknowledged in his speech. as you pointed out, try to avoid the nightmare of killing a possible big budding republican career. this is a new governor who won big and is viewed as a bright light of the party and has taken a state that was blue and taken it back red. they like him. >> some had suggested the about-to-be senator from the bay state of massachusetts scott brown was going to give the gop response, but cooler heads prevailed. they decided to start the career in the u.s. senate before putting him front and center in international media.
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here the gop response to the president's state of the union address. again, the newly sworn-in governor of the commonwealth of virginia, bob mcdonnell. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. thank you very much. thank you. good evening. i'm bob mcdonnell. 11 days ago i was honored to be sworn in as the 71st governor of virginia. i'm standing in the historic house chamber of virginia's capitol, a building designed by virginia's second governor, thomas jefferson. it's not easy to follow the president of the united states. in my 18-year-old twin boys have added pressure to me tonight by giving me exactly ten minutes to finish before they leave to go watch sportscenter. [ laughter ] >> i'm joined by fellow virginians to share a republican perspective on how to best address the challenges facing
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our nation today. we were encouraged to hear president obama speak this evening about the need to create jobs. all americans should have the opportunity to find and keep meaningful work and the dignity that comes with it. [ applause ] >> many of us here tonight, and many of you watching, have family or friends who have lost their jobs. in fact, one in ten americans is unemployed. that is unacceptable. here in virginia, we face our highest unemployment rate in more than 25 years and bringing more jobs and opportunities to our citizens is a top priority of my administration. good government policy should spur economic growth and strengthen the private sector's ability to create new jobs. [ applause ]
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>> we must enact policies to promote entrepreneurship and innovation so america can better compete with the world. government should not pile on more taxation, regulation and litigation that kill jobs and hurt the middle class. it was thomas jefferson who called for "a wise and frugal government which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned." he was right. today, the federal government is simply trying to do too much. last year we were told that massive new federal spending would create more jobs immediately and hold unemployment below 8%. in the past year, more than three million people lost their jobs and yet the democratic congress continues deficit spending, adding to the bureaucracy and increasing
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national debt on our children and grandchildren. the amount of debt is on pace to double in five years, triple in ten. the federal debt is now over $100,000 per household. this is simply unsustainable. the president's partial freeze on discretionary spending is a laudable step, but a small one. the circumstances of our time demand that we reconsider and restore the proper limited role of government at every level. [ applause ] >> without reform, the excessive growth of government threatens our liberty and prosperity. in recent months, the american people have made clear that they want government leaders to
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listen and then act on the issues most important to them. we want results, not rhetoric. we want cooperation, not partisanship. [ applause ] >> there is much common ground. all americans agree that we need a health care system that is affordable, accessible and high quality. but most americans do not want to turn over the best medical care system in the world to the federal government. republicans in congress have offered legislation to reform health care without shifting medicaid costs to the states, without cutting medicare and without raising your taxes. we will do that by implementing common sense reforms like letting families and businesses buy health care insurance policies across state lines and ending frivolous lawsuits against doctors and hospitals that drive up the cost of your
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health care. our solutions aren't thousand-page bills that no one has fully read after being crafted behind closed doors with special interests. in fact, many of our proposals are available online at solutions.gop.gov. we welcome your ideas on facebook and twitter. [ laughter ] >> all americans agree that this nation must become more energy-independent and secure. we are blessed here in america with vast natural resources and we must use them all. advances in technology can unleash more natural gas, nuclear, wind, coal, alternative energy that will lower your utility bills. here in virginia, we have the opportunity to become the first state on the east coast to explore for and produce oil and natural gas offshore. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> but this administration's policies are delaying offshore production, hindering nuclear energy expansion and seeking to impose job-killing cap and trade energy taxes. now is the time to adopt innovative energy policies that create jobs and lower energy prices. [ applause ] >> all americans agree that a young person needs a world-class education to compete in the global economy. as a young kid my dad told me, son, if you want a good job, you need a good education. dad was right and that's even more true today.
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the president and i agree on expanding the number of high quality charter schools and rewarding teachers for excellent performance. more school of choice for parents and students mean more accountability and greater achievement. a child's educational opportunity should be determined by her intellect and work ethic, not by her zip code. [ applause ] >> all americans agree that we must maintain a strong national defense. the courage and success of our armed forces is allowing us to draw down troop levels in iraq as that government is increasingly able to step up. my oldest daughter jeanine was an army platoon leader in iraq. i am personally grateful for the
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service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. and a grateful nation thanks them. [ applause ] >> we applaud president obama's decision to deploy 30,000 more troops to afghanistan. we agree that victory there is imperative for national security. but we have concerns over the recent steps the administration has taken regarding suspected terrorists. americans were shocked on christmas day to learn of the attempted bombing of a flight to detroit. this foreign terror suspect was given the same legal rights as a u.s. citizen and immediately stopped providing intelligence. senator-elect scott brown has said we should be spending taxpayer dollars to defeat terrorists, not protect them. [ applause ]
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>> here at home, government must help foster society in which all people can use their god-given talents in liberty to pursue their dream. government cannot guarantee individual outcomes but we believe that it must guarantee a quality of opportunity for all. that opportunity exists best in a democracy which promotes free enterprise, economic growth, strong families and individual achievement. many americans are concerned about this administration's effort to exert greater control over car companies, banks, energy and health care. but overregulating employers won't create more employment. overtaxing investors won't
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foster more investment. top-down, one-size-fits-all decision-making should not replace the personal choices of free people in a free market, nor undermine the proper role of state and local government in our system of federalism. as our founders clearly stated, and we governors clearly understand, government closest to the people governs best. [ applause ] >> and no government program can ever replace the actions of caring americans freely choosing to help one another. the scriptures say "to whom much is given, much will be
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required." as the most generous nation on earth it is heartwarming to see americans giving much time and money to the people of haiti. thank you for your ongoing compassion. [ applause ] >> some people say they are afraid that america's no longer the great land of promise that she has always been. they should not be. america will always blaze the trail of opportunity and prosperity. america must always be a land where liberty and property are valued and respected and innocent human life is protected. government should have this clear goal where opportunity is absent we must create it. where opportunity is limited, we must expand it. where opportunity is unequal, we must make it open to everyone. [ applause ]
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>> our founders pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to create this great nation. now we should pledge, as democrats, republicans and independents -- americans all -- to work together to leave this nation an even better place than we found it. god bless you, and god bless this great nation of america. thank you very much. >> governor of virginia appearing tonight from the capitol and, david gregory, before we scoot off the air, even at presidential events these backdrops are carefully staged down to the rainbow of diversity. everyone told to smile and look adoring. >> right. that's the upside.
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the downside it looks like a miniature version of the state of the union we heard at the u.s. capitol. this is a striking message, a more moderate conservative that barack obama may be able to do business. interesting choice. >> you saw his daughter, an iraq war veteran. more analysis on msnbc on cable, late local news and starting tomorrow morning on "today." we'll see you tomorrow evening. for nbc nightly news, for our entire team, i'm brian williams. thanks for being with us. [mumbling] i'll bring this back to my boss and we can get this in motion. [dwight clears throat loudly] [andy clears throat loudly] - you okay, pat? - yeah. i was just thinking about how, uh...
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i had this car, 'cause-- this italian car. and i was driving it, and it kept telling me how much it needed oil. but i wouldn't give it any oil. and then, one day, it exploded. and it killed everyone. and that's what i'm afraid of. - aren't you a mechanic? why wouldn't you put oil in the car? - it was before my-- my technical training. - [under his breath] don't do it. - [under his breath] do it. - don't. - just do it. - don't do it. - look, mike, i don't know what your friends are telling you. but you have to decide for yourself. these guys gonna take care of your things if you die tomorrow? - yes. - [gulps] okay. - ohh. i don't understand. why would you buy a policy? - it's just the cost of a cup of coffee an hour. - you were man enough to back down, michael. i'm proud of you. - i had to make a snap decision, dwight. - it wasn't a snap decision. you were sitting there for an hour. - it was a lot of snap decisions. - do you know what snap decision means?
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- hello? - jim? - michael? - oh, thank god. - how did you get this number? - ohh. - michael, we're on a catamaran. - it wasn't easy. i had to tell the hotel that it was a medical emergency. i chose massive coronary, 'cause you told me that your dad had a bad heart. listen, man. i--i got a problem. i think i'm in trouble with the mob. or a major insurance carrier. - that sounds bad. - yeah, i know. and you usually can get out of stuff like this, so i'm turning to you, my friend. - i'm gonna help you through it, all right? - okay. - all you're gonna need to-- [signal breaking up] a--it-- and then go to-- - jim, are you... - and you'll be saved. - what? wait, i didn't hear a thing you just said. - just a-- and then you'll be saved. - no, god! i missed the-- i missed the important part again. - a--
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- no...oh, my god. - and you'll be saved. - no, jim, please, repeat what you're saying. i can't understand you! - i--wh-- bermuda triangle. i--ma-- please don't call again. [click] - jim? [dial tone] oh, my god. hey, um... question for you. i recently purchased some insurance that i can't afford, given my present salary. is there anything accounting-wise i can do to sort of make it all go away? - accounting-wise, no. but phone-wise, just call up and cancel it. - no, no. um... what about this cash for clunkers thing? - just...no. the--no. - okay, all right. well, it was a thought. thanks.
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- we have let michael down. and it's 85% your fault. - he's alive, so you're welcome. - not on the inside, he's not. [whispering] look at his life. broke. living in fear. no friends, dead end job. - yeah, some of that existed before. - not the living in fear. that's new. - you're right. that is new. - yes. he's got to stand up to this mafia guy. - well, i don't see that happening. - me, neither. not the way things are now. but what if michael felt no fear toward the mafia guy? - are you saying... - yeah. - that we surgically remove the fear center from michael's brain? - what is wrong with you? i am talking about convincing michael that the guy's not mafia. - that seems a little far-fetched. - well, more far-fetched than a mobster walking into a paper company for a low-level shakedown? and that happened. [door opens] - michael, incredible news. grotti is clean. - no, he's not.
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he's just good. nothing sticks to him. you still don't understand how this works. - no, michael, what we're trying to say is we made a mistake assuming he was mafia. i have a buddy who's a fed, and we did a background check on the guy. his background is perfectly clean. it's true, he's clean. - i have a couple of friends still on the force. checked with them. ran his fed friend up the flagpole to make sure he wasn't on the take. turns out he's a totally lovely guy. sweetest guy on the force, really. - class act. boy scout. - but grotti acts like he's mafia, though. - he's trying to intimidate you to close sales. he's just a pushy salesman. - and he made us all look like chumps. - [scoffs] - if there is one thing i hate more than the mafia it is a liar. i wish the mafia would go out and kill all the liars. and buy 'em in my yard. and i wouldn't tell the cops a thing. not that i would be lying, per se. but i would just get really quiet all of a sudden. - this is grotti. - this is scott. - oh, great, michael. i'm just finishing up your paperwork right now.
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- oh, really? is that supposed to scare me? - i--i thought you'd be pleased. - well...you thought wrong. because i am not pleased. i'm actually kind of p.o.'d. - why? - i think you know exactly why. because you were trying to scare me into buying insurance. - i don't get it. how was i scaring you? - i think you knew exactly what you were doing, and, frankly, i think you were being a total and utter jerk. - whoa. okay. - you suck! - okay, that's-- - and i'm not gonna buy your stupid insurance. - that's good. let's wrap it up. - how 'bout that? the only person that actually needs insurance is you if you show your face around here again, got it? - look, michael, when we all calm down here, maybe at some point in the future, you change your mind, why don't you give give me a call? - doubt it. - [laughing] oh, man. - what a...tool. - what? - next time you look in the mirror, you're gonna be looking at a guy who stood down the mafia. - no. what do you mean?
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- we just told you he wasn't mafia so you wouldn't be scared. - what? - you successfully backed down the mob. - you made the mafia apologize to you. you made the mafia be polite. - oh...man. i should be mad at you guys. but i'm not. - so i looked him in the eye, and i said, "not today, grotti. "not today. and not tomorrow. "and not the next day or the day after that. "and you can tell all your friends that if i see them, then they are already dead." i said something like that. - very close. - just to be clear, he backed down an insurance agent from mutual of harrisburg. - erin, coffee. - okay. - not from the kitchen. stop and shop. if it's not stop and shop, i send it back. - okay. - large. if it's a medium, i send it back. if it's an extra-large, i send it back. - how--how do you return coffee? - go. any questions?
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